On 12/06/13, Donna wrote:
> Just curious, I hear a lot about Admin "blacklisting"
> teachers so they can not work. It has not happed to me but
> how does it happen? Is it a letter on the file?
Of course teachers can be blackballed. Once a teacher is forced
forced out or fired from a job, which is VERY easy for a princi
principal to do since districts back these idiots to the hilt,
hilt, it is nearly impossible to resume a job in education ever a
A teacher has to move a significant distance, likely out of stat
state, and have to start all over. The odds are great that the
the teacher will never teach again.
This is the dirty secret in education. Teachers have no pr
protections from administrators; administrative law is one bi
big joke in most school districts. If a principal wants to ge
get rid of you, he or she can do it easily.
Yes, principals blackball, even if they can be sued for
defamation, provided it can be proven. But there are many ways school districts can prevent fired or forced out teachers from ever resuming careers.
It is easy. Under the threat of license sanctions, almost all school district certified applications ask a series of intrusive questions designed to screen
ways school districts can prevent fired or forced out te
teachers from ever resuming careers.
It is easy. Under the threat of license sanctions, almost
all school district certified applications ask a series of
intrusive questions designed to screen you out before you
ever make the cut for an interview. These are the "have
you ever been dismissed, resigned in lieu of dismissal,
forced to resign," and so forth questions. They are to be checked
checked off "yes" or "no," with the demand that you explain yourself
yourself. Of course, HR never reads the explanations; all they loo
they look at is if "yes" is ever checked off. If so, the applicat
application is thrown into the trash.
Another way teachers get blackballed is when prospective school
school district administrators or HR calls your old distri
district and asks if you are eligible for rehire. If you are no
are not, you are done for. There have been lawsuits filed agains
against school district that employ this "do not rehire" design
designation of former teachers.
And of course, prospective districts can call your last prin
principal, and that principal is allowed to say whatever he or s
or she wants "as long as it is true." Of course, there is cons
considerable difference as to what "truth" is, especially when
when you are dealing with the mostly idiots who occupy admi
Unlike the administrators here, I have been through illegal te
terminations. I know what I am talking about that pr
principals have all of the power to destroy your career and yo
your life while you as a teacher have no power at all. You do
don't have to do anything to incur a principal's wrath, ei
The biggest mistake teachers make is thinking they have job
security once they get post-probationary
(misnamed "tenure"). Teachers have fewer protections than
fast food workers.
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